Oh, so THAT’S why my raincoat is leaking

Yesterday it rained cats and dogs (or pocket knives, as the Portuguese say) all day long. On the one hand, I was surprised, because I’ve learned to expect rain squalls here, not 24-hour downpours. On the other hand, I was deliciously nostalgic, because rain like that feels like home.

I taught Pilates, and walked from my car to the studio in a drenching rain. Walking in the rain, rather than dashing through it, is a hallmark of Oregon coast residents. We learn the futility of running and so choose to preserve our dignity instead — and, I think, our cool factor. “We’re coasties, we don’t run in the rain.”

Of course, this attitude only works when you’re wearing a good quality raincoat. Mine used to be. But when I took it off in the studio, my shirt was wet. Huh? From just three minutes in the rain? I knew it wasn’t up to an hour-long exposure anymore, but…three minutes?

It got wetter yet on my way back to the car an hour later, and when I arrived home and hung it over a kitchen chair to dry, I suddenly realized why. Looking at the jacket against the light from the veranda doors revealed large areas of translucence, where the fabric of the jacket has worn down to its last few molecules of thickness. It looks fine in direct light, but when light shines through it, the degradation is obvious.

My formerly-waterproof jacket is Swiss cheese. Crap. That was not planned for this month’s budget, and we’ve got a trip to London coming up soon.

I don’t suppose I can count on it not raining in London in early April?

About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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11 Responses to Oh, so THAT’S why my raincoat is leaking

  1. Jason Cleaver says:


    You’re kidding, right? 🙂 That’s like hoping the sun isn’t hot…

    • oregon expat says:

      *sigh* Yes, I was afraid the answer would be something like that.

      [goes back to reassess budget]

      • Jason Cleaver says:

        Rain is what April is there for.

        Actually, it rained pretty much all of last year in the UK. In some places we got a month’s rain in half an hour. More than once.

  2. wheezieiam says:

    You could always try a waterproofing spray. That might be a temporary fix.

  3. Power Wench says:

    Be really cool. Wear a garbage bag.

  4. xenatuba says:

    The occurrence of rain is often directly related to the presence or absence of rain gear, or quality rain gear. DAMHIK. (just yesterday, I chose the warm fleece jacket over the gortex rain jacket at work. Guess which one I needed. Just a motorcycle trip or two ago I was heard to say “naw, lets leave the raingear, it is too bulky.” Guess what we rode in…)

    • xenatuba says:

      Oh, yeah…and I forgot the “I won’t need the hood on the raincoat going to the Christmas Fair” that preceded my drenching on our first day in Germany.

  5. Ana_ñ says:

    Maybe, without realizing it, instead of enduring non-ending downpours with a poker face, oh mighty coasty, you became used to wear a non-waterproof raincoat on almost sunny days… 🙂

  6. Carys says:

    What Jason said… sorry 😦

  7. Jackie says:

    Think positive thoughts. We Brits just grin and bear it. And we also always carry an umbrella.

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